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[ben-guh-leez, -lees, beng-] /ˌbɛn gəˈliz, -ˈlis, ˌbɛŋ-/
of or relating to Bengal; Bengali.
noun, plural Bengalese.
a native or inhabitant of Bengal; Bengali.
Origin of Bengalese
First recorded in 1770-80; Bengal + -ese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Vina, the principal national instrument of the Hindus, also known as the Bengalese vina, strung with wire.

  • The Bengalese have from the earliest times been noted for their proficience in the arts.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • The servants are Chinese, with the exception of the seis (coachmen or grooms), who are Bengalese.

  • By the natives it is called Sam-dung, but the Bengalese call it Nagrikoth.

    An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal Fancis Buchanan Hamilton
  • Their only arms are spears: but they use iron-shod implements of agriculture, which the Bengalese often do not.

  • He seems to have headed the army in the field, while his brother Nam-si (Lamjit of the Bengalese) defended the capital.

    An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal Fancis Buchanan Hamilton
  • They were probably first called Bengalese houses, and the present name was corrupted out of the adjective.

    Across India Oliver Optic
  • All these things were duly repeated to the revolutionary government by Louis Zamore, her Bengalese servant.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • He was a Bengalese, living in England for his education, as several others are at present.

    At Home And Abroad Margaret Fuller Ossoli

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